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Health benefits of Henna

The oil prepared from olive oil and leaves of Henna is very much effective in muscular rigidity.

Source : Agencies / 17 May 2014

What Is henna(mehndi)?

Henna (hina) is a flowering plant with the botanical namelawsonia inermis. It contains a red-orange pigment, lawsone, also known as hennotannic acid. This pigment is released by crushing the henna leaves in an acidic medium. The lawsome molecules will then have the ability to stain, and when applied to the skin they migrate to the outermost layer or cuticle, and stain them.

Commercially available henna powder is made by drying thehenna leaves and milling them to a powder, which is then sifted.

To use henna, the powder is mixed with water and/or lemon juice, to form a smooth paste. The henna mix must rest for 6 to 12 hours so that the leaf cellulose is dissolved, making the lawsone available to stain the skin. The longer the paste is left on the skin or hair, the more the lawsone will migrate, thus making the staining darker.

There are three essential factors for healing

  1. 1. Expulsion of fluids from the wounds
  2. 2. Cessation of production of any more fluids
  3. 3. Formation of healthy flesh (granulation tissue) to fill the gap.
  5. Henna contains all these three factors and possesses very good healing properties. If Mehndi leaves are soaked in water throughout the night and this decanted water, if taken in morning for 40 days, is effective in leprosy and heals the wounds.

It is a good healing agent for burns. Its gargles are beneficial in stomatitis and all ulcers of tongue, cheeks and lips. Its local application has soothing effects on acute inflammations and hot abscesses. Henna levels’ extract in oil mixed with natural wax and oil of rose, if applied locally in conditions of backache, is highly effective.

Sunnah of Henna dye

Jah-dhamah RadiAllahu 'Anha, the wife of Bashir Kha-saasiyyah RadiAllahu 'Anhu says:

"I saw Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam coming out of the house after taking a bath and was stroking (or combing) his hair. There were signs of henna on his mubaarak head." (Shama'il Muhammadiyah)

It was narrated from Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with) that:

The Prophet [SAW] said:"The best things with which you can change gray hair are Henna and Katam." (Sunan An-Nasa’i)

Salma Umm Rafi’, the freed slave woman of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), said:

“The Prophet (ﷺ) did not suffer any injury or thorn- prick but he would apply henna to it.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

Narrated Salmah:

The maid-servant of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), said: No one complained to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) of a headache but he told him to get himself cupped, or of a pain in his legs but he told him to dye them with henna. (Sunan Abu Dawud)

Abi Rafai (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates,"I was present before Prophet (saws). Passing his hand over his head he said that the head of all dyes was Henna which added a glow to the face and increased the sexual vigour." (Abu Naim)

It is a clinically tested fact that if Mehndi leaves paste is applied on the soles of the patients of small pox and chicken pox, the eyes remain unaffected with the disease and besides become dry very soon.

Dry leaves of Henna if kept in clothes, serve the purpose of insect repellent.

If the paste of Henna is applied on nails, the lustre of the nails increases and if applied on feet and soles, is effective in burning feet syndrome.

If the nails become disfigured after getting fungal infection, it is advisable to use Henna with vinegar to restore it to normalcy. The paste of Henna is very effective in Burns and scalds. It heals the boils of scalp if applied with Roghan-e-Zaitoon.

The physicians of Unani Medicine describe it as a good blood purifier. Hakim Ajmal Khan once used the paste of Henna on the palms of a female patient who was suffering from Menorrhagia and she got cured. Inhaling the scent of its flowers cures headache from heat.

The oil prepared from olive oil and leaves of Henna is very much effective in muscular rigidity. If Henna leaves are soaked in a sufficient quantity of water and kept throughout the night and the decanted water is taken in morning it is effective in Jaundice and Splenomegaly.




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